Food security: improving agriculture to face global challenges
CSIRO Plant Industry scientists are working to improve agriculture to face global challenges such as the need to increase food production as the world population soars to nine billion by 2050.
26 March 2010 | Updated 12 January 2012
Feeding the world's rapidly increasing population is a global problem.
The combined challenges of population growth, increased competition for land and water, biofuel production, climate change and economic development is leading to major changes in food production and consumption.
To tackle these challenges CSIRO Plant Industry scientists continue to develop new techniques to maximise of farm management practices and produce crop varieties to deal with many of the challenges to plant food production that lie ahead.
Maximising resource use efficiency in crop production means there is less environmental impact, less cost to farmers and increased yields.
Our researchers are breeding varieties of food crops and developing farming systems to produce crops with:
- higher yields
- improved reproduction
- tolerance to droughts and increased carbon dioxide
- tolerance to extreme conditions
- greater resistance to pests and diseases.
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